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Fantasy Baseball 2010: My Top 150

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It’s March 18th and we’re in the middle of Spring Training.
Meaning you can start to believe player performances the last week. They’ve
had enough of a buffer period to get their bodies tuned to baseball.

I have compiled a list of my
Top 200 players, assuming you play either a 5×5 rotisserie format, or play
H2H Categories.

 

1. Hanley Ramirez, FLA

5-category stud, plays at scarce position, so gets nod over Pujols.

2. Albert Pujols, STL

3. Alex Rodriguez, NYY

4. Ryan Braun, MIL

5. Matt Kemp, LAD

6. Prince Fielder, MIL

7. Chase Utley, PHI

8. Miguel Cabrera, DET

9. Mark Teixeira, NYY

10. Evan Longoria, TB

11. Roy Halladay, PHI

Should dominate the National League, earning him Top Pitcher honours.

12. Joe Mauer, MIN

13. Troy Tulowitzki, COL

Underrated 5-category gem, read my article on him at Bleacher Report.

14. Tim Lincecum, SF

15. Carl Crawford, TB

15. Ryan Howard, PHI

16. David Wright, NYM

17. Felix Hernandez, SEA

18. Matt Holliday, STL

19. CC Sabathia, NYY

20. Justin Upton, ARI

Don’t take him earlier, I’d be happy with his numbers from last year, don’t expect a .300/40/100/30 SB season quite yet.

21. Ichiro Suzuki, SEA

22. Zach Greinke, KC

23. Robinson Cano, NYY

He should put up a great average with other solid numbers across the board, a great asset to have.

24. Grady Sizemore, CLE

25. Jacoby Ellsbury, BOS

26. Adrian Gonzalez, SD

27. Ian Kinsler, TEX

28. Ryan Zimmerman, WAS

29. Derek Jeter, NYY

30. Dustin Pedroia, BOS

31. Pablo Sandoval, SF

32. Brandon Phillips, CIN

33. Dan Haren, ARI

34. Jimmy Rollins, PHI

35. Joey Votto, CIN

36. Cliff Lee, SEA

He should play great with Seattle’s superb defense and cavernous park, a similar campaign to 2008 isn’t out of the question.

37. Brian McCann, ATL

38. Adam Lind, TOR

39. Jayson Werth, PHI

40. Jon Lester, BOS

41. Kevin Youkilis, BOS

42. Justin Verlander, DET

43. Carlos Lee, HOU

44. Andre Ethier, LAD

45. Victor Martinez, BOS

46. Brian Roberts, BAL

47. Aramis Ramirez, CHC

48.  Kendry Morales, LAA

49. Jason Bay, NYM

50. Adam Wainwright, STL

51. Johan Santana, NYM

52. Chris Carpenter, STL

53. Nick Markakis, BAL

54. Mark Reynolds, ARI

55. Justin Morneau, MIN

56. Curtis Granderson, NYY

57. Bobby Abreu, LAA

58. Aaron Hill, TOR

59. Yovani Gallardo, MIL

60. Mariano Rivera, NYY

61. Ben Zobrist, TB

62. Bill Butler, KC

If you don’t have a first baseman yet, don’t worry, take the underrated Butler who should put up a great average with good power numbers.

63. Josh Johnson, FLA

64. Jonathan Broxton, LAD

65. Adam Jones, BAL

66. Shin-Soo Choo, CLE

67. Josh Beckett, BOS

I rank him higher than most because he’s a sure thing. You need a dependable pitcher than will put up solid numbers.

68. Adam Dunn, WAS

69. B.J. Upton, TB

70. Chone Figgins, SEA

71. Torii Hunter, LAA

72. Shane Victorino, PHI

73. Jonathan Papelbon, BOS

74. Jose Reyes, NYM

75. Lance Berkman, HOU

76. Manny Ramirez, LAD

Manny is certainly capable of one last .300/30/100 season and if he plays 160 games, you should expect that out of him.

77. Cole Hamels, PHI

After being a minor disappointment last year, everyone’s raving about him this spring. Any improvement would warrant reward for taking him this high and really, he should improve mightily.

78. Gordon Beckham, CWS

79. Tommy Hanson, ATL

80. Derrek Lee, CHC

81. Javier Vazquez, NYY

82. Nelson Cruz, TEX

83. Matt Cain, SF

84. Josh Hamilton, TEX

85. Hunter Pence, HOU

86. Joakim Soria, KC

87. Matt Wieters, BAL

88. Francisco Rodriguez, NYM

89. Raul Ibanez, PHI

90. Carlos Beltran, NYM

91. Elvis Andrus, TEX

92. Ricky Nolasco, FLA

93. Johnny Damon, DET

94. Michael Young, TEX

95. Jake Peavy, CWS

96. Jay Bruce, CIN

97. Ubaldo Jimenez, COL

98. Jason Bartlett, TB

99. Howie Kendrick, LAA

100. Denard Span, MIN

He hits for a .300+ average and will put up solid numbers everywhere else. Great value.

101. Andrew McCutchen

102. Wandy Rodriguez, HOU

103. Brandon Webb, ARI

104. Jose Lopez, SEA

The last of the second basemen that will benefit your fantasy team. If you don’t have anyone so far, take Lopez, a given .280/25/90 player.

105. Andrew Bailey, OAK

106. Huston Street, COL

107. Carlos Quentin, CWS

108. Clayton Kershaw, LAD

A superb ERA last season, just got unlucky with his run support. People say he’s overrated, but if he puts up the same ratios as last season, he certainly should win 15+ games.

109. Carlos Pena, TB

110. Scott Baker, MIN

111. Nate McLouth, ATL

112. Chad Billingsley, LAD

113. John Lackey, BOS

114. Francisco Cordero, CIN

115. Alex Rios, CWS

116. Brad Hawpe, COL

An uber-consistent outfielder that has put up at least .283/22/84 each of the last 4 seasons. Just take him and cross out your 3rd outfield spot, he’s a constant.

117. Heath Bell, SD

118. Adrian Beltre, BOS

119. Carlos Gonzalez, COL

120. Jose Valverde, DET

121. Asdrubal Cabrera, CLE
122. Brett Anderson, OAK
123. Michael Bourn, HOU
The beginning of the speedsters. Just make sure to get either Bourn, Borbon, Pierre, or Rajai Davis if you haven’t already taken someone like Crawford or Ellsbury.
124. Brian Wilson, SF
125.
Miguel Montero, ARI
The 5th catcher off the board in all drafts, you want Montero if you don’t get the previous 4. He’s got a job locked up and potential for a .290/20/80 season.
126. Julio Borbon, TEX
127. Alexei Ramirez, CWS
128. Juan Pierre, CWS
129. Jered Weaver, LAA
130. Roy Oswalt, HOU
131.
Stephen Drew, ARI
132. Franklin Gutierrez, SEA
133. Michael Cuddyer, MIN
134. Matt Garza, TB
135. Chipper Jones, ATL
136. Jason Kubel, MIN
137. Nolan Reimold, BAL
138. Rajai Davis, OAK
139. A.J. Burnett, NYY
140. Nyjer Morgan, WAS
141. Chad Qualls, ARI
142. Max Scherzer, LAA
143. James Shields, TB
144. Dan Uggla, FLA
145.
Chris Coghlan, FLA
146. Trevor Hoffman, MIL
147. Yunel Escobar, ATL
148. Jair Jurrjens, ATL
149. Erick Aybar, LAA
150. Chris Davis, TEX

Thanks for reading! Please share your insight by leaving comments.

 

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Fantasy Baseball 2010 Positional Insight

With Spring Training
starting, baseball fanatics across the country are furiously prepping up for
the upcoming Fantasy Baseball season. Whether playing H2H or Rotisserie
(apparently the name ‘rotisserie’ comes from the fact that the very first
fantasy baseball draft was held in a rotisserie restaurant), fantasy baseball
is very exciting and requires a level of studying for gurus and newbies alike.

 

First
Base

First Base is so
deep this year that picking Albert Pujols first overall doesn’t give you an
advantage. I’d rather have Hanley Ramirez. He puts up slightly sub-par power
numbers to Pujols, but really he has a higher average, scores the same amount
of runs, drives in practically the same amount of runs, and steals more bases
at a more expensive position.

 

Consider these two
players:

PLAYER A: .306, 35
HR, 111 RBI, .972 OPS

PLAYER B: .327, 47
HR, 135 RBI, 1.101 OPS

 

Player A is Derrek
Lee, a player not being drafted as a starter this year, usually around the 15th
first baseman taken.

Player B is Albert
Pujols, the consensus number one selection.

 

First base is
infinitely deep this year, with Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera, Mark Teixeira,
Ryan Howard filling out the elite spots and tons of other useful players follow
(Adrian Gonzalez, Joey Votto, Justin Morneau, Kendry Morales, Lance Berkman,
Billy Butler, Adam Dunn, Carlos Pena, Victor Martinez, Mark Reynolds, Kevin
Youkilis, Todd Helton… you get the idea, all of these players are 30/100 or
better threats).

 

Sleepers/Value Picks: Joey Votto, Nick Johnson, Lance Berkman, Billy Butler, Carlos Pena (Pena’s basically Mark Reynolds, but TONS cheaper)

 

Second
Base

Tradionally an
ultrashallow position, second base has deepened recently, as Aaron Hill and Ben
Zobrist broke out last year, with others such as Robinson Cano proving they
have undisputable talent. It’s deep enough that you certainly don’t have to
worry much about position scarcity, and I see Chase Utley as being one of the
least appetizing options in the first round.

 

Compare these three
players:

PLAYER A: .282, 31
HR, 93 RBI, 23 SB

PLAYER B: .296, 15
HR, 72 RBI, 20 SB

PLAYER C: .272, 25
HR, 96 RBI, 3 SB

 

Looking at these
statistics, it’s clear that Player A is the best, although his average isn’t
exactly elite. Player A is Chase Utley, drafted in the first round of every
draft. Player B is Dustin Pedroia, who is being drafted as the 3rd or 4th 2nd
bagger, in the 4th round. Player C, who really is on par with the others
(except for stolen bases)  is Jose Lopez,
being drafted as the 10th or 11th 2nd baseman, around the 12th round. So as you
can see, drafting a second baseman early is not needed as in recent years.

 

My Top 15 2nd
baseman  basemen are as follows: Chase
Utley, Robinson Cano, Ian Kinsler, Brandon Phillips, Dustin Pedroia, Aaron
Hill, Brian Roberts, Ben Zobrist, Jose Lopez, Howie Kendrick, Asdrubal Cabrera,
Dan Uggla, Ian Stewart, Martin Prado, Placido Polanco.

Sleepers/Value Picks: Jose Lopez, Scott Sizemore, Aaron Hill (going WAY too late in drafts for a .285/35/100 player)

 

Third
Base

Third base is
surprisingly thin this year, with A-Rod once again leading the way and Evan
Longoria not far behind and improving. Alex Rodriguez is going to be the 3rd
player off the board in almost every draft and earlier I recommended picking
third to draft him. David Wright took a step back power-wise last year, so he’s
being seen as a 2nd or 3rd round pick.

You certainly want one of the top 6
third-basemen: Alex Rodriguez, Evan Longoria, David Wright, Pablo Sandoval,
Ryan Zimmerman and Kevin Youkilis. After that, you have to deal with the likes
of Mark Reynolds (good for power, destroys your average), Chone Figgins, Aramis
Ramirez (good, but certainly not close to being elite), and others.

 

If you don’t get A-Rod, don’t reach for Wright or Longoria as they’re overvalued, instead snap up either Sandoval or Zimmerman in the 4th round.

Sleepers/Value Picks: Gordon Beckham, Alex Gordon, Mark DeRosa

Shortstop

One of the mains reasons I recommend picking out of the 3rd spot to draft A-Rod is because then you have a good chance of picking Troy Tulowitzki off the draft board. Of course, Hanley Ramirez is king among shortstops, but consider these two stat lines:

PLAYER A: .301, 33 HR, 67 RBI, 35 SB, .940 OPS

PLAYER B: .292, 32 HR, 92 RBI, 20 SB, .930 OPS

Which year would you rather have?

Player A is 2008 Hanley Ramirez, after that season he was hailed as the best fantasy player in baseball and was drafted first overall the following season in most drafts.

Player B is 2009 Troy Tulowitzki, who drove in more runs and hit 1 less home run that 2008 Hanley while maintaining a pretty good average and almost on-par OPS. Yet Troy Tulowitzki is being seen as late 2nd round/early 3rd round material. Translation: You want Troy Tulowitzki on your team. 

After those two, you have the choice of question-marks and/or one-category studs. Can Derek Jeter hold up despite his old age? Will Jose Reyes bounce back and hit 20 HRs while maintaining his steals? Was Jimmy Rollins’ MVP year an outlier? Does Stephen Drew actually have potential? To sum things up, you want to draft either Han-Ram 2nd overall, take Tulowitzki, or follow your gut feeling on the previous question-statements.

Sleepers/Value Picks: Troy Tulowitzki, Asdrubal Cabrera, Rafael Furcal

Catcher

Joe Mauer. If you have an early 2nd round pick, you should seriously considering drafting the Minnesota Twins stud. After him, you have Brian McCann, a consisent .285/25/100 player that you should probably pick up if you fail to get Mauer. Then you step down a bit to Victor Martinez, the last sure-fire thing in the catching universe. You want one of these three. If you’re feeling the Wieters effect, sure take him, but you really want to claim one of these three players.

After them you have (in my ranking order): Miguel Montero, Yadier Molina, Jorge Posada, Russell Martin, Mike Napoli, Ryan Doumit, Bengie Molina, Kurt Suzuki, Chris Iannetta, Geovany Soto and A.J. Pierzynski.

Sleepers/Value Picks: Geovany Soto, Russell Martin, Ryan Doumit.

Outfield

Ryan Braun and Matt Kemp headline the outfield position, both of them are 5 category studs. He’s never viewed as a very speedy player, but Ryan Braun actually stole 20 bases last season while putting up big numbers elsewhere. However, they are both being drafted in the first round and I don’t think either of them are totally elite. Carl Crawford is being drafted in the first round on some sites, while other sites seem him more as a 5th or 6th round player. The truth lies somewhere in between, as he has 15+ HR power as well as phenomenal speed and solid statistics elsewhere around the board.

Outfield is extremely deep this year, and I’d fill out my entire outfield with later round performers and role players such as Torii Hunter, Jay Bruce, Juan Pierre and Nolan Reimold if I were you.

To demonstrate how deep the position is consider these two stat lines:

PLAYER A: .313, 24 HR, 109 RBI, 14 SB, .909 OPS

PLAYER B: .300, 20 HR, 86 RBI, 21 SB, 883 OPS

The two players are almost even, Player A is Matt Holliday, the 5th or 6th OF option this year, who shouldn’t improve much on those totals, while Player B is Shin-Soo Choo, an underrated Korean import that will go as about the 20th outfielder.

Sleepers/Value Picks: Carlos Lee, Adam Jones, Josh Hamilton, Torii Hunter, Nolan Reimold, Julio Borbon, J.D. Drew (A capable player undrafted in some leagues)

Starting Pitching

Starting pitching has about 10 solid aces, and then you get into the potential/value options. My ten aces are ranked as follows: Tim Lincecum, Roy Halladay, CC Sabathia, Zach Greinke, Felix Hernandez, Dan Haren, Cliff Lee, Adam Wainwright, Justin Verlander, Jon Lester. Pitching has so much depth this year that you shouldn’t reach for more than one ace.

Sleepers/Value Picks: Matt Cain, Brett Anderson, Chad Billingsley, Jair Jurrjens, Jered Weaver, Roy Oswalt, Rick Porcello.

Relief Pitching

Relief pitching is also pretty deep, as a lot of closer positions are already locked down. Possibly only five teams are undecided on who will pitch the 9th in 2010. I, as well as many other fantasy experts, strongly recommend to wait for relief pitching, don’t draft it early.

Rankings: Joe Nathan, Mariano Rivera, Jonathan Broxton, Jonathan Papelbon, Joakim Soria, Francisco Rodriguez, Andrew Bailey, Francisco Cordero, Heath Bell, Huston Street,  Jose Valverde, Trevor Hoffman, Brian Wilson, Brian Fuentes, Chad Qualls, Frank Francisco, Billy Wagner, Ryan Franklin, Rafael Soriano, David Aardsma, Carlos Marmol, Bobby Jenks, Leo Nunez, Brandon Lyon. 

Sleepers/Value Picks: Brian Fuentes (led majors in saves last year), anyone else after the top 8 or so are taken.